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NC lawmakers expect short session for amendments

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican leaders at the North Carolina Legislature say they don’t expect to linger in Raleigh after taking up a few proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would put a gay marriage ban on the ballot next year.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said he thinks the session resuming Monday should last about three days. Tillis and Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca say they expect two other amendments to be debated. One would limit the time someone could serve as Senate leader or House speaker. Apodaca says he expects a compromise of eight years.

Another amendment would rework how State Board of Education appointments are made.

There could be final votes on bill compromises reached earlier this summer and minor changes to criminal justice reform and corporate taxation laws approved this year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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